Monster Bash (Limited Edition)

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This game received 265 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.772 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 2nd in the game group "Monster Bash". The group itself ranks #5 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.822

Artwork: 8.856

Sounds/Music: 8.463

Other Aspects: 8.765

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Monster Bash (Limited Edition)".
The other versions are: Monster Bash (regular version), Monster Bash (Classic Edition), Monster Bash (Special Edition)

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2 years ago
One of the best looking games out. A shallow rule set is the only knock I can think of all other aspects are a home run. They did a great job on the LE just great.
2 years ago
Some of best toys of any pin I've played. It's missing a werewolf figure, but still close to perfection. A universal theme, fun call outs, and with the new lighting in this remake, I think this is one of the best. Not the hardest game, but hard enough, and is basically the gold standard in how to make a pin that is always fun to play. I like the upgrades of the LE, especially the topper. It's heavy and constructed very well. The entire pin is like a tank, and the colors combined with lighting effects are superior.
2 years ago
Another great game by Chicago gaming. They took an all time classic and made it better. Like most B/W games it has a simple rule set compared to todays games but was designed so well that it holds its own in todays market. Great in a bigger pinball collection. The topper is so cool. Maybe the best!! These hold their value very well so don't be afraid of resale. You can own this for a few years and sell it for more then you paid because it will always be in demand.
2 years ago
Greatest bash toy game ever. Possibly the greatest figures ever implemented on a toy as well. There are really no flaws. Great game!
2 years ago
Always the guest’s favorite
2 years ago
My favorite machine at the local arcade, mostly because I like the theme and all of the interactive pieces. With so many ultra-difficult (at least for me) games out there, it's nice to play one that's difficult but with attainable goals for the average player. Compared to some of the newer games it does feel a bit dated, but that's not usually a bad thing when it comes to pinball.
2 years ago
I never really had too much time on an original MB, but I’ve recently spent a lot of time of the CGC remakes. The LE is beautiful. I absolutely love the topper, lighting effects, powder coating among other things. It plays great and I really feel it’s going to be a long term keeper for me. 2 year warranty on all electronics on LE is a nice bonus too!
Can’t go wrong with this game! Love it!
2 years ago
It’s a playable piece of art.
2 years ago
I think Monster Bash is one of the best looking pins ever, from how the theme comes together and is integrated to the toy placement and artwork on cab, translite, and playfield. Now I love art and to me great art is important in my pins in my collection. And I think the art is top notch for monster bash, but I wouldn't say its the best ever. Translite is fun, and it fits the theme, and looks good. But, I can't help but think it could have been a bit better... Cab art is a bit abstract but cool, and the playfield art is limited, but I think works as it doesn't clutter up the playfield, and tells/shows you what you need to be shooting for.
And I don't want anyone to think that I am not a fan of the art by me rating them one off perfect score... As I really think the cohesiveness of the art, and the fact that it looks good upclose and from a distance, means that I don't think that the sum of the parts don't make it one of the best all around art packages. And although the playfield art is a bit sparse for my liking, as I said, it reads well and you can easily tell your progress on all the shots and modes. The toys make up for the lack of art on the playfield, as these toys are some of the best ever. The frankie toy, the drac attack toy, and even the mummy coming out and saying hi is cool. And the sculpted Eegore adds to it, and again... This adds to this pin just looking so pretty. Game plays amazing too. Great layout. Lots of shots and the code is simple and fun. Not a deep game, but I think its deep enough and its fun and you can have a few different strategies with this game. One of my all time favorite pins. Personally I think Attack From Mars is my favorite of the MM and AFM and MB trio. But, really really love this game. And the animations are now some of the best ever.
The game is a bit shallow and I don't think it even has the strategy of Attack from Mars where you can stack certain MB modes together. But, I don't think that is the point of the code. As this game only has a few MB modes. Frankie, Mosh Pit, Monster Bash, and Monsters of Rock. That's it. I think they wanted to have a Grand Wizard mode that was attainable. And Frankie is the only mode that is harder to attain the second time. Otherwise you just hit the same shots or complete the same goals to unlock the other peoples modes. Mosh Pit of course is harder to unlock as you need more spins, but really I meant the main goals of the game. And you can stack modes with either Frankie mb or even Monster Bash wizard mode. So if you need instruments to unlock. One of the ways to do that is to start the monsters mode and then go into the MB mode. That can really help you out collection instruments. So really no wood chopping and while the modes are straight forward. I like that in this game. As straight forward doesn't mean simple. And this game really shoots well, and has a nice sense of humor, with good music, and lots of variations in callouts. And I think the theme integration is some of the best ever and the lighting is just amazing and totally fits the pin as well.
2 years ago
I've played the one at the local arcade. Always malfunctioning. Seems like a poor quality build. Too bad . Fun theme and fun game when working. It would be my favorite if the quality was there.
2 years ago
One of my greatest pinball regrets was selling my original Monster Bash Pinball. We are so happy to have this game back in my collection. This game has been in my collection for most of the last 20 years! The overall playability of Monster Bash is the best of all time. Even after nearly 20 years, this game still presents challenges that other games just don't compare to!
2 years ago
Put a ton of plays on this. Just kept coming back. I really like the original of MM and AFM better, but this surprised me. I like the remake better. CGC really knocked this out of the park. This wasn’t on my radar, but now is. The game play was spot on, and the topper is one of the best I’ve seen. Really kept me coming back for more. The definition of a keeper.
2 years ago
Was never able to play the original until Chicago gaming remade this title. My first play was on the LE version and this machine blew me away. The toys, call outs, animation, and rule sets leave little room to wonder why this title is in the top three on pinside's ratings. Wonderful game! Keeps me coming back.
2 years ago
This game is a lot of fun, but I prefer AFM and MM when it comes to CGC remakes. That said, this is a must-play and the shots are numerous and fun. Unlocking the monsters is a fun concept. I feel like this is a perfect game for both adults and children to enjoy (along with those other CGC remakes). It's not overly complicated, so kids should have a shot to have a good time, but there are definitely enough shots to make it still challenging enough for adults to feel compelled to continue giving it a go over and over again.
2 years ago
It is a great game to play and a really fun theme. Not super hard but in a mid-size collection it fits great. Anyone can walk up to machine and figure it out. That is a huge plus. This was my first chicago gaming company machine and won’t be my last. I love the quality of the build. I would say a close second to Jersey Jack and much better than Stern.
2 years ago
CGC remake is a beautiful game. Very fun to play, lots of toys. Same game everyone has been playing for years and loves. Rules are not as deep as some of the newer games and may grow stale in a smaller collection.
2 years ago
So Many things to do!!! Great Classic theme!!
2 years ago
Classic game for a good reason. The remake is spot on with great improvements. This pin is family friendly and all levels can really enjoy the characters and rule set. Artwork is fabulous, and the topper is one of the best.

Update: After 100s of more games under my belt on many more games, I have to update my rating. Above comments are still spot on, but I took away points for lastability, game rules, and game play.
One of the most beautiful games, but gets a little repetitive. Hard to compete with the newer games coming out (Elvira HOH, AIQ, JP). I always enjoy playing on site, but usually migrate to other ones for most of my playing time. If you are a collector- must have.
2 years ago
What can I say? The original is one of my all time favorites. This LE update is sheer perfection in pinball play. Pinball just does not get any more fun than this game. I could reiterate all of my comments from my review of the original (if you must know, please read it). Just know that this remake with the added features actually succeeds in taking this brilliant game to the next level. Bravo CGC!

BTW: ignore the reviews that pan this game. If you look at the pins that those reviewers have, most of them have the original Williams MB and they are clearly bitter about these remakes reducing the collectible value of their machines.
2 years ago
Truly one of the greats! This is the best remake so far!
2 years ago
One of the greatest themes in pinball history and this LE is the piece de resistance of all MONSTER BASH versions. Oddly at present this LE has a lower rating than the Special Edition, in spite of the fact that the LE has that amazing topper, multi-colored light show and gold embossed monster lineup on the apron. This is one of those rare games that warrants a perfect 10 star rating and I have accomplished that in my review. Miles ahead of the original, but that statement is a no brainer.

I finally decided to purchase this over the 9500 PIRATES because I have a nostalgic connection to the machine which I once owned years back. I hope to get the aforementioned Jersey Jack machine (and the upcoming WONKA most of all) but MBR is a keeper in a big-way.
2 years ago
By coincidence, our Monster Bash LE arrived at the same time as our Munsters LE. At first, I thought the games were pretty comparable but now that I have a few weeks on both machines I can definitely say I prefer Monsters Bash. For me.... it is currently in my alltime top 5 (with MM, TZ, TSPP, and AM).

This is a super fun game. It is fast...and while it is on the easy side... it is still lots of fun.

I think CGC knocked it out of the park with the new animations. Honestly, I like them better than anything that I have seen on a LCD screen. I can't speak highly enough on the upgraded animations and DMD.

I love the topper - definitely a classic.

I have some additional tweaking to do since the occasional skill shot finds its way between the flippers. I also notice that the flippers don't quite behave like the standard Williams/Bally. Not much of a negative, but it does take a bit of getting used to.
2 years ago
The remake LE is just unbelievable. Everything works great right out of the box and the detail of the topper sculptures is really impressive. The new revamped screen, sound, and light show make the game feel fresh. If you don’t like the new color matching light show, you can turn it off in the settings. The powdercoat is a perfect match and the engraved lockdown monster plaque is killer. CGC really needs to be commended for this one.
2 years ago
Very Fun Pin
2 years ago
I'm so glad they remade this game! I would rank this 2nd greatest game, 1st being Medieval Madness and 3rd Attack from Mars.
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